Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 2 months ago

Roethlisberger has reportedly lost at least 15 pounds this offseason, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler relays via the quarterback's agent, Ryan Tollner.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The weight loss is a product of what the report describes as a "high-cardio plan" with team trainers, an approach designed to "alleviate potential pain" in the quarterback's joints on the heels of a 2015 season in which Roethlisberger endured various aches and pains, including knee, foot and shoulder woes. A full offseason to recover from his assortment of ailments, coupled with improved fitness, offers encouragement as the coming campaign approaches, though some other key variables remain in play when it comes to the prospects of the Steelers' offense in 2016. With that in mind, it will be worth monitoring the health of top running back (and highly capable pass-catcher) Le'Veon Bell, as well as the rapport Roethlisberger develops with new tight end Ladarius Green, who will look to fill the void created by the departure of long-time Steeler Heath Miller.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 3 months ago

Roethlisberger will have a new passing target at tight end this season, with the Steelers having signed Ladarius Green in free agency.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The move is notable, as the Steelers had a need at the tight end position following the retirement of Heath Miller, who caught 60 passes for the team in 2015. While Miller -- a long-time fixture in the Pittsburgh offense -- may be a tough act to follow, Green is viewed as a player with some untapped potential, after having worked in tandem with the productive Antonio Gates in San Diego for the last four seasons. In any case, the addition of Green and the re-signing of veteran wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey helps ensure that Roethlisberger will have a deep and qualified pass-catching corps (of course headed by WR Antonio Brown) on hand in 2016.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 4 months ago

Roethlisberger (shoulder) does not think he will need surgery during the offseason, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Roethlisberger did acknowledge that he might eventually require a minor procedure to clean out the arthritis and scars caused by his torn ligaments. Regardless, he should be ready for the start of training camp, and he'll be surrounded by a top-notch supporting cast. Roethlisberger did turn in a few clunkers this season, but injuries -- both his own and his teammates' -- played a large role in the limited struggles. Even with his style of play inevitably creating a heightened injury risk, he'll be one of the top quarterbacks to target in 2016 drafts.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 4 months ago

Roethlisberger completed 24 of 37 passes for 339 yards in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. He failed to connect on a single touchdown pass.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran played as well as one could've asked, considering that he was dealing with an injury and the Steelers were without Antonio Brown and DeAngelo Williams, but he found touchdowns hard to come by against a stingy Broncos defense. Despite all of the factors working against him, Roethlisberger still kept his team in the game until late in the fourth quarter, demonstrating why he has become known as one of the best postseason performers at his position. Big Ben had a productive season despite dealing with multiple injuries and missing several of his top weapons throughout the year, and he should be a strong fantasy option next season when everyone is back to full strength.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 4 months ago

Roethlisberger (shoulder) completed 24 of 37 passes for 339 yards in Pittsburgh's loss to Denver on Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The AC Joint sprain and torn ligaments suffered to his throwing shoulder did not seem to be an issue, as Roethlisberger rebounded from his sub-par, 18 of 31, 229 yard performance in last week's win over Cincinnati. Big Ben finished the regular season completing 319 of 469 passes for 3,938 yards with a 21:16 touchdowns to interception ratio. He also ran for 29 yards on 15 carries. With 21 touchdown passes, Roethlisberger extended his consecutive seasons with at least 20 scoring throws to five - a Steelers record. It was also his fourth straight season with 300 completions to set a franchise record for the most consecutive 300-completion seasons. He is now 113-56 as a starter during the regular season, increasing his Steelers' franchise record for most wins as a starting quarterback (Terry Bradshaw, 107). Roethlisberger is an elite fantasy quarterback worthy of top 10 consideration in 2016, but is always an injury risk, having missed four game in 2015 and three or more games in three of the last six seasons.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 4 months ago

Roethlisberger (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Mike Vick inactive for the playoff contest, the Steelers will roll with a QB duo of the banged up Roethlisberger and backup Landry Jones. Roethlisberger is thus in line to tough things out against Denver's No. 1 ranked pass defense Sunday, minus two key offensive cogs in WR Antonio Brown and RB DeAngelo Williams.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 4 months ago

While there's an expectation that Roethlisberger's throwing arm won't be at full strength due to his shoulder injury, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that his understanding is, that "the (Steelers') full playbook is available" to the QB in Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Broncos.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Roethlisberger -- who reportedly threw well in practice Friday -- is officially listed as questionable in advance Sunday's 4:40 ET kickoff, but he's expected to give it a go, albeit at less that full strength, thanks to his balky right shoulder. Aside from his injury woes, Roethlisberger will further be challenged Sunday by the fact that he'll take aim at NFL's No. 1 ranked pass defense minus two key offensive weapons in WR Antonio Brown and RB DeAngelo Williams.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 4 months ago

According to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN, Roethlisberger (shoulder) is expected to start Sunday's divisional-round game in Denver.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Roethlisberger emerged from last Saturday's win at Cincinnati with an AC joint sprain as well as torn ligaments in his right shoulder, which predictably held him out of throwing drills both Wednesday and Thursday. However, he progressed enough to do "everything" asked of him Friday, including a "variety of throws." While he made the trip to the Mile-High City, he's scheduled for an evaluation by the Steelers' medical staff on Sunday morning, which will ultimately be his final hurdle to active status. Assuming he passes that test, he'll be down a pair of top playmakers, as Antonio Brown (concussion) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) have already been ruled out.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 4 months ago

Roethlisberger (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Broncos.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Roethlisberger's status thus merits monitoring in advance Sunday's 4:40 ET kickoff, but coach Mike Tomlin's comments after Friday's practice suggest that the QB has a good shot to play. "I thought he did a nice job," Tomlin said with regard to Roethlisberger's performance in Friday's session. "He did everything we asked him to do. I was very specific about what I asked him to do. I wanted to see a variety of throws. I wanted to see enough, no more." In the event that Roethlisberger does play Sunday, we suspect that he'll be operating at less than 100 percent thanks to his shoulder ailment, and adding to his challenges in the contest is that both RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) and WR Antonio Brown have been ruled out by the Steelers this week.

Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 4 months ago

Though Roethlisberger (shoulder) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, he did not throw for the second day in a row, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

More on Roethlisberger's status Friday, when the Steelers release their final injury report in advance of this weekend's game against the Broncos, but at this stage we suspect that there's a good chance he'll draw a questionable designation for the contest, but still end up giving it a go in the team's 4:40 ET kickoff on Sunday.